TREMENDOUS

(2010, trt: 1 hr 14 min) Organized around the principle of a tidal wave, the content of TREMENDOUS was shot with the participation of more than 170 non-actors during a three-month artist residency at Recess Activities, Inc., a unique artist space in Manhattan. I built seven minimalist gray-scale sets inside the storefront and invited visitors into conversation about the experience of being overwhelmed with the use of an intake form. The resulting video is a complex but cohesive document made up of interviews, reenactments, scenes, and performances conceived of in collaboration with visitors. As the artist/videographer, I hover at the edges of the video, a reluctant, quiet protagonist, both challenging and celebrating the conventions of documentary and narrative film making.